Rochester Institute of Technology are helping high school teachers develop lessons about the science behind fuel cells and clean energy.
The Clean Energy/Fuel Cells for Electricity Generation programme, offered by RIT’s School of Chemistry and Materials Science, has been running since March and will conclude in May.
The workshop shows participants how to run experiments focused on fuel cell construction, electricity generation using a hydrogen fuel cell, solar electrolysis of water and other topics.
Funded for the sixth consecutive year by Constellation Energy, an Exelon Company, the programme provides teachers with experiments, assignment descriptions, papers and other materials to incorporate into their curriculum.
In previous years the programme was offered in person, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the workshop’s instructor, Principal Lecturer Alla Bailey, uses pre-recorded experiments, and Zoom to host live discussions and answer questions.
“Since they’re also at home and they’re teaching their classes online, it’s convenient for them to have my workshops with these demonstrations online,” said Bailey.
When the training programme ends, the participants can submit a short proposal for incorporating workshop material and fuel cell kits into the classroom teaching.